Access Update for South Point on Ocracoke Island
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that South Point on OcracokeIsland reopened to off-road vehicle (ORV) access effective August 5, 2008. The pre-nesting closure, established in late March of 2008 and includes the interior sections of the point, will remain in place and is posted accordingly. The area is now open to ORV traffic from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm daily. The nighttime prohibition on beach driving is still in effect throughout the Seashore from 10:00 pm until 6 am.
The nesting season for beach nesting bird species is winding down on the national seashore beaches. The pre-nesting area which allows for an ocean shoreline access corridor to South Point, is still posted with signs and symbolic fencing as being closed to vehicles, pedestrian and all pets. Staff will continue to monitor the area for bird nesting activity, as well as for an increased number of sea turtle nests in the area.
Temporary resource protection areas are established to protect threatened
and endangered species, including piping plovers and sea turtles, and for species of concern, including American oystercatchers and colonial waterbirds (terns and black skimmers). For more information, call 252-473-2111 ext. 148.
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.